Washington, D.C, September 8, 2020. The UNESCO ESD Online Symposium: Transformative power of ESD for the world beyond COVID19 gathered 15 experts from around the world in the field of education for sustainable development (ESD), with the goal of reflecting on the impact of the pandemic, and discussing new ways of redesigning and developing a more just world post COVID 19.
The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) was invited by the UNESCO headquarters in Paris to participate in this high-level symposium, which was conducted online on September 8 and 9. The YABT was represented by its Executive Director, Valerie Lorena.
“For YABT, it is an honor to participate in this select group of experts and contribute with our experience and knowledge in these important topics, such as rethinking education in the context of the pandemic”, said Valerie Lorena after the symposium.
The results of the symposium could have long lasting effects on the framework of ESD, as the UNESCO will allow each participant to offer one recommendation, which will later be taken into consideration in the preparation for the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, taking place from May 17 through May 19 2021, in Berlin (Germany).
“For YABT, it is vital to participate in these spaces for discussion, where politics and programs that will have a global impact are considered. We have 21 years of experience to back up in our organization with learning, sharing and communicating on how entrepreneurs and young innovation can bring change and prosperity for communities and countries around the world”, Valerie Lorena added.
The YABT works hand in hand with young people and multisectoral organizations to forge a path towards achieving the Objectives of Sustainable Development. Bas a result of this, entrepreneurship, citizen participation and sustainable development become indispensable tools for empowering young people as agents of change in their communities. Through programs such as the EcoChallenge in partnership with PepsiCo, the Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas (TIC Americas), and the Youth Forum of the Americas – where young people lead a series of dialogues about diverse topics that have a significant impact on the growth of sustainable and inclusive development in the Western Hemisphere.